International Trade

  • July 25, 2014

    Commerce Sets Duties On China's Solar Panels

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday said it is planning to levy preliminary anti-dumping import duties of roughly 42 percent on crystalline silicon solar panels from China and about 36 percent on solar cells made in Taiwan.

  • July 25, 2014

    EU Gets Closer To Heftier Sanctions On Russian Cos.

    The European Commission barreled ahead Friday in its effort to ratchet up economic pressure on Russia in response to the unrest in Ukraine, striking a preliminary deal on its toughest round of sanctions, which could block Russia's access to European Union capital markets and take swipes at its energy sector.

  • July 25, 2014

    FDA, Mexico Resolve To Strengthen Produce Safety

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Mexican government agreed on Thursday to partner to improve the safety of produce and agreed to adopt measures, including better sharing of information, to understand each other’s produce safety systems.

  • July 25, 2014

    Trade Facilitation Pact In Peril As India Refuses To Retreat

    The World Trade Organization's General Council meeting ended Friday without resolving a dispute over the implementation of a trade facilitation deal with a looming deadline, after the Indian government held firm to its stance that the deal should only go forward in parallel with a separate food safety agreement.

  • July 25, 2014

    GSK Investigating Alleged Misconduct By Former Syria Ops

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC said Friday that it is investigating allegations of misconduct by the company's former consumer operations and related distributors in Syria, after receiving a whistleblower's email detailing the claims. 

  • July 25, 2014

    Ex-BSGR Agent Gets 2 Years For Obstructing FCPA Probe

    A former agent for mining company BSG Resources Ltd. was sentenced in New York federal court on Friday to two years in prison for obstructing a U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into potential bribery in Guinea.

  • July 25, 2014

    ITC Bans Asian Tires That Flout Toyo Design Patents

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday banned the import of certain kinds of automotive tires from China and Thailand, because they violate design patents held by Toyo Tire Holdings of America Inc.

  • July 25, 2014

    Chinese Off-Road Tire Maker Sues Commerce Over Duties

    Chinese off-road tire manufacturer Tianjin United Tire & Rubber International Co. Ltd. on Thursday urged the U.S. Court of International Trade to order the U.S. Department of Commerce to adhere to a lower cash deposit rate for countervailing duties for tire imports, saying customs officials are charging an excessive rate.

  • July 25, 2014

    Commerce Tees Up Duties On Venezuelan Steel Inputs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday found that Venezuelan companies have been selling an additive used in steel production at unfairly low prices in the U.S. in a move that clears the way for remedial duties while also finding that Russian shippers had not dumped their products.

  • July 24, 2014

    BNP Paribas Reaches $80M Deal In Federal Credit FCA Suit

    BNP Paribas SA and two affiliates have agreed to pay $80 million to settle the federal government’s False Claims Act suit over a scheme to fraudulently obtain government financing for international shipments under a U.S. Department of Agriculture credit program, according a Texas federal court order filed Thursday.

  • July 24, 2014

    Ex-BizJet CEO Pleads Guilty In Latin America Bribe Scheme

    The former president and chief executive officer of BizJet International Sales and Support Inc., a U.S.-based unit of aircraft maintenance company Lufthansa Technik AG, pled guilty in Oklahoma federal court on Thursday for his role in an alleged scheme to pay bribes to government officials in Latin America.

  • July 24, 2014

    WTO Members Say Delay Could Derail Trade Facilitation Deal

    More than two dozen World Trade Organization members on Thursday continued to criticize efforts by India and other nations to stymie the implementation of an agreement to revamp multilateral trade facilitation, cautioning that further delay could derail a package of agreements reached late last year.

  • July 24, 2014

    Alstom's UK Division Hit With Corruption Charges

    United Kingdom fraud prosecutors on Thursday filed criminal charges against the U.K. division of French transportation and engineering giant Alstom SA, five years after launching an investigation into suspected bribery activity in efforts to win overseas contracts.

  • July 24, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Says ITC Can Decline Nokia Infringement Argument

    The Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that the U.S. International Trade Commission does not have to let Nokia Inc. present an argument that it didn't infringe patented wireless technology, despite a previous order that a dissenting justice says obligates the commission to hear Nokia's contention.

  • July 24, 2014

    Leak Sheds Light On Food Safety Efforts In EU-US Trade Talks

    The European Union has proposed rules aimed at smoothing out differences between its food safety regulations and those of the U.S. while also strengthening animal welfare and transparency, according to an internal EU trade negotiating document leaked Thursday.

  • July 24, 2014

    Chamber Urges US, Korea To Goose Trade Pact Execution

    The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday warned that certain aspects of the bilateral free trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea are not proceeding as quickly as the business community would like, urging both governments to bolster their efforts to fully implement the pact.

  • July 24, 2014

    Boeing Secures Airplane Parts Deal With Iran

    The Boeing Co. revealed on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with members of Iran's civil aviation industry to provide them with airplane parts, navigation charts and other services, marking the first potential deal between a U.S. aerospace company and the country in more than three decades.

  • July 24, 2014

    BofA To Pay $16.5M To Settle Alleged Sanctions Violations

    Bank of America Corp. agreed to a more than $16.5 million settlement with the U.S. Department of the Treasury's sanctions enforcement unit over allegations that the bank processed around 200 transactions for known drug traffickers subject to U.S. sanctions, the Treasury said Thursday.

  • July 23, 2014

    EU OKs Proposal Allowing Member States To Ban GMOs

    As the U.S. continues to push the European Union to soften its opposition to genetically modified organisms in international trade talks, EU leaders on Wednesday adopted a legislative proposal allowing member states to ban GMOs in their territories that have been approved at an EU-wide level.

  • July 23, 2014

    Canada, UK Amend Tax Treaty For Arm's-Length Deals

    The U.K. and Canada amended their tax treaty on Monday to more closely reflect changes in Canadian law regarding the taxation of arm's-length transactions, according to the financial ministries of the two countries.

Expert Analysis

  • CBP May Be Signaling Renewed Interest In 1st-Sale Rule

    Lindsay Meyer

    With importers increasingly relying on the use of the multitier "first sale" to a middleman for value declarations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently reminded the trade community that audits are well within its jurisdiction and that penalties may ensue for anyone misusing or abusing the rule, say Lindsay Meyer and Amanda Blunt of Venable LLP.

  • 3 Takeaways From BofA's $16.5M Settlement With OFAC

    Michael V. Dobson

    Bank of America’s roughly $16.5 million settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control for alleged violation of OFAC sanctions is a treasure trove of sanctions compliance guidance, and carries important lessons for those preparing to submit voluntary self-disclosures, says Michael Dobson Jr. of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Your State Contract May Prohibit Offshore Outsourcing

    Merle DeLancey

    A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General resurfaced the issue of offshoring restrictions in the context of Medicaid contracts. This easily overlooked issue has been percolating to the top of the list for government agencies, state attorneys general and, perhaps, qui tam plaintiffs’ attorneys, say attorneys with Dickstein Shapiro LLP.

  • A Blow To Commerce's Methodology For Trade Order Scope

    Brian McGill

    The U.S. Court of International Trade recently overturned the 30-year coexistence of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s substantial transformation test to determine a product’s country of origin and separate statutory provisions that seek to prevent circumvention of trade relief. The ramifications of the Peer Bearing Company-Changshan case are difficult to overstate, says Brian McGill of King & Spalding LLP.​

  • Trial-Ready In 180 Days: Prepare For SDNY's Rocket Docket

    Isaac S. Greaney

    A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • When You Are Responsible For Your Book Of Business

    Jennifer Topper

    Finding prospective clients and retaining them has little to do with your legal training and expertise, and yet you have no practice without successful client acquisition and retention. There is no reason you cannot apply your basic legal training to successful sales efforts hinging upon your practice strength and experience, says independent law firm consultant Jennifer Topper.

  • 5 Takeaways From Latest US Sanctions Against Russian Cos.

    Alexandra Lopez-Casero

    The latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia’s oil, natural gas and financial industries is a dramatic departure from how the United States has applied targeted sanctions in the past, and raises several questions, say Alexandra Lopez-Casero and D. Grayson Yeargin of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • An Inventive Way To Remove Pure State Court Claims

    Michael E. Blumenfeld

    Nondiverse state court defendants facing purely state law claims that seek to secure federal jurisdiction should determine whether a good faith basis exists to pursue a third-party action against a federal actor in order to trigger the representative U.S. Attorney’s certification and remove such claims under the Westfall Act, say Michael Blumenfeld and Jonathan Singer of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • Powerful Tools For Discovery And Litigation Strategy

    Nathalie Hofman

    Analytics offer opportunities for refining both discovery strategy and overall litigation strategy by providing information to support better informed decisions. As an added bonus, they can result in significant cost savings, say Nathalie Hofman and Carolyn Southerland of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

  • Ralls Ruling Could Open Door To Other CFIUS Challenges

    Farhad Jalinous

    Companies have long been hesitant to challenge the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States because of the broad discretion given to the executive branch on issues of national security, but the D.C. Circuit ruling in Ralls Corp.’s suit against the committee calls into question the breadth of CFIUS’ authority, say attorneys with Kaye Scholer LLP.